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First off, let me just say I am hanging my head in shame about my Danny Valencia call last week.  Not only did he only see 3 at-bats up to Saturday morning, he was DFA’ed by Wednesday.  Painful, and I’m not just talking about the shot to my pride.  Grey’s paddle is pretty formidable and has ‘O.B. Badass’ written on one side of it.  I used to be such a sweet, sweet thing till they got a hold of me…but I have to let the past lie in the past and move on.  Or do I?  Maybe instead this week I should go Back To The Future on y’all and revisit a man who used to be a great weekly ride but has shown his age a bit this year and see what’s left in the tank.  So join me as we see why Luke Scott should be a nice pick-up for week 15 of the 2013 fantasy baseball season…

Some important things to know about cool hand Luke before we get down to brass tacks.  Luke Scott’s brother is Hagrid.  Luke Scott owns over 100 guns and keeps them in a small rented apartment, at least as of April 2011.  Luke Scott also believes Obama is not an American.  Luke Scott has Wolverine Mutton Chops.  Why are all these things important for fantasy baseball you ask?  They’re not, I’m just funking with you!  Though everything I typed is true.  Guy’s what we like to call the poor ‘crazy’ but considering he plays baseball and has made at least 1 million dollars up to this point in his life, we’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and give him the rich man’s moniker of ‘eccentric’ instead.  No, what we should really know about Luke Scott is this: he don’t hit no lefties.  He’s a total right winger, through and through.  Oh and for his career, Luke has a .229/.303/.435 slashline against south paws.  Yes, that was where I was going with that.  Of course, that doesn’t make him a good creeper in and of itself now does it?  No, what makes him a solid creeper this week is a 7 game slate at home where he gets to face right handed pitching Monday thru Friday against which he’s fared much better in his career: .269/.352/.498.  The best part?  He gets to face two of the worst staffs by ERA in the league: the Twins and the Astros.  Now he is getting a bit old for a slugger, admittedly, and the career trend for him is pointing downward.  But he went 3/4 on Friday night and should be well rested after sitting against LHP over the weekend – Chris Sale and John Danks – for a nice 5-day run at some bad right handed pitching.  At around zero percent owned in ESPN leagues, it’s worth a shot if you’re desperate for a chance at a power surge this week.  And if he fails, well, I guess Grey gets to put back on his Fred O’Bannion suit and go to town.  No more Mr. Nice Guy indeed…

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    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Terse: That dead boar seems really happy to be there!

      • Terse

        Terse says:
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        @Sky: he does have some sort of demented, macabre smile on his face

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          @Terse: I think it’s Pumba.

          • Terse

            Terse says:
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            @Sky: 2/3 with a triple and a run today, boar-hoarder is

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Great he’s squeezing all the juice out before the week even starts…what the frank and beans is he doing starting vs LHP two days in a row?

  1. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    If Grey likes to bring the pain over one bad call, you must have not been able to sit until Thanksgiving last year for football season.

    I like Scott too, in 2009, but hey, you are running a football site too, so I’ll give you a pass on this one, but really I don’t write to criticize you, you have a wife for that, I write because I miss you, insert sad emoticon.

    I really have no actual baseball question, everything is pretty cut and dry on my teams, I’m not an idiot, and I’m not feeling insecure about any of my decisions, except maybe wearing this the other night, http://www.uk.all.biz/img/uk/catalog/57774.jpeg , hey it was the fourt and i wanted to take freedom to the max

    • Sky

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      @Jack Full of Hate: The key is to unbutton the top button. That’s what makes it look cool! And don’t lie, you love criticizing me. Just like Grey with his Wily Peralta stuff when he mentions no other good ones like Chris Carter!

      Yeah, Scott’s been pretty lukewarm this year but he’s always been an extreme hot/extreme cold kinda guy. I think the bad pitching will give him a good chance to perform above expectations.

      In reality, this part of the year, it’s hard to find someone who truly deserves a mention that isn’t already owned or at least I feel like I’m saying something that people should/do already know. I’m either preaching to the choir or I’m going way out on a limb. Feel like I’ve done the latter the last two weeks.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Sky: Don’t feel all special and stuff, I like criticizing everyone, no free passes in Jackland. But that is also why some of my acquaintances ask my opinion, they know they are going to get the truth and not what they want to hear. I guess in your opinion that makes me a “good” person and not a “kind” person. BTW, I have been preaching the good word of the profit Sky lately, referencing you as an internet friend gives me some crazy looks, but hey, it is what they don’t have and I like to keep it in my pocket.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Of course! Just like there’s a difference between being ‘moral’ and doing what’s right, being good and being kind can and usually are two different things. I got to attack football earlier this year then I did last year. Most ‘experts’ probably start in Feb/Mar with their evals. I started in early May. Late to the game, hard to fully keep up with any and all changes but with a full year under my belt I’m feeling a bit better about the rankings/how this year will go.

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Sky: I explained the good vs kind thing to a few folks, they just don’t get it. Only my buddy Smitty gets it. It’s hard to un-program, but hey, what do ya do, I travel my own path and so do they. Bringing up Morality is an interesting point, because what is morality and where is the coreect definition. I’m not saying people can do whatever the fuck they want to do, but where is the definition that is universal. There isn’t. Most people justify their own existence and actions and leave it at that. I say fuck them. This brings up a few conversations I have had lately and that is my Catholic upbringing. I have noticed a different moral compass from my non Catholic/religous free peeps and the ones that were. Now don’t get me wrong, both sides have their share of bad seeds. But the point of this statement is that it’s not about the religion but the style used, the Catholic way is a very old school approach that seems to be the common factor, not the religion, but the inspiration behind the rearing. Do you get whatz I’m saying?

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              I do and with all the interlaced ‘fucks’ in there I had to read it like the Iron Shiek. Couldn’t be helped.

              When people ask me my religion I say I have none because Kindergarten gave me the main one I feel I have to adhere to: the golden rule. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. I find it has a way of reminding myself how I should view things, especially when topics of morality get brought up. People really like to dress up their opinions/reasons for conduct with ‘the good book’ or other forms ideology all the time. But if they can’t apply it to themselves, they’re just hypocrites.

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Sky: I don’t care for those that reference the good book, it really takes their credibility away. I was referring to the rearing of the child and going to a catholic school the guilt from both ends really puts you in check, I feel bad about the things I do bad and I can’t overly enjoy the good things which keep me grounded. I like it, but hey, I’m not big on false celebration and merit for nothing. I might be speaking for a very very small minority, but using religion as a reference blows, the golden rule is best, my grandma’s thing, always rammed that down my throat, but it’s true, you take the feelings you get from others and use them to curb your own behavior.

                You want to read it like sheik, then you read it like Sheiky baby. You ignorant fucks go fuck yourselves, you fucks who can admit your ignorant you number 1

                • Sky

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                  Hahaha, you see his rants on Dwight Howard? They were great and accurate. Seriously, Lakers were better off without him before they brought him in last year. He’s such a baby…

                  I didn’t have the Catholic upbringing but I can see the merit it in there of what you say. It’s one way to find that ‘grounding’ which is healthy for anyone/everyone. I swear most of the things I quote are for 10 year olds and under but one of my favorite books – in terms of how deep of a meaning you can pull from it – is ‘Everyone Poops’. Whether Taro Gomi meant to be as deep as I take that is beyond me. But I take it to be a great way to tell your child that, no matter who you are or what you do in your life, you still do the same menial things that all humans have to do whether they are big in this world or not. Good way of both keeping your head up when you need it and reminding yourself that your shit still stinks all in two words. Yeah, I probably read waaaay too far into it.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: no i will pass that one on to the child, the depth of pooping!

                    You know my NBA feelings, but because i poop and read the newspaper when i do, I know whats going on, and i’m glad they got rid of him. People knock LeBron for being the juvenile big baby, but Dwight takes the cake. what a fucking pussy. I have to agree with Shaq on Dwight, it ain’t easy to play in LA and it takes some thick skin and big sack to handle it. It is the Yankees here, a modern day monster unlike any other in sports. I only say that the lakers down years have been far less than the Yankees (see 1980′s). if you start with 1979 and go forward. really find it funny that David Sterns little hatchet job on the Paul trade has now resulted in the Clips re-signing him and even throw a little tizzy fit to get his coach. All I know is that mother fucker better win or his legacy will be little bitch that was good but got hurt too much. hate Kobe all you want but that guy will play through anything.

                    All the Laker haters that can’t stand the bandwagon elements of the Lakers are now experiencing their own bandwagon which is a more modern band wagon which in my book is worse. of course to counter them, how can you have a band wagon with the greatest sports franchise of the modern age, it’snot like they are the new kid on the block

                    you follow the sheik on twitter?

                    • Sky

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                      @Jack Full of Hate: Ha, I get bits and pieces of the Shiek sent to me through people who follow him. I don’t know if I need more jabroni talk in my life then that…

                      Completely agree. The fact is, Dwight has pouted his way out of two teams now. If it’s not your fault the first time, it’s definitely yours the second time. ‘It’s them, not me’ only works once especially with someone as vocal as him. He’s gonna go down as a talented dud who should’ve been better/more then he was.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: the Sheik is hilarious….

                    This new era of the NBA is going to have a lot of Dwight’s, hopefully the league will turn a corner one of these days and stop breeding these primadonna’s. I think they need to either get rid of the age restriction or go to a football format and make them be in college three years. It would improve the college game, make less projects, hopefully provide some maturity, and change the entitlement that these guys have. it’s easy to last in college for 6 months, but if you are there for three years you need to do some adult stuff and responsibility. play for a team that is a team. The funny thing is I think he just put the Lakers in a spot to be a monster with the 2014 free agency.

                    • Sky

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                      Oh I 100% agree. Shiek lays down the law while he’s at it too. Twitter stud.

                      Yeah it’s tough. The NFL also makes you work hard to get that spot. You could be in practice squad purgatory for a long time if you don’t make an impression.

                      Not a huge fan on age restriction or a certain number of years in college. But I do think they should be more like the MLB and use their developmental league a bit more. Kids 19 and thinks he can play with the big boys? Send him there, give him a taste of what it’s like to play with a bunch of guys who have to earn their keep and a shot every night. That’s the one thing I think the MLB has over other sports: a place to learn/relearn and adapt without everyone there to call you a failure if you don’t pan out straight away. And especially when you consider by size of teams the NBA is the smallest, you either adapt or die pretty quickly.

  2. los locos says:
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    Sky

    10 team, league. 7 keepers total.

    I have posted this trade numerous times to get your team’s thoughts and got different answers, some to do it, some to hold… well now there’s extra components to this trade

    I would be giving up my 1st, 8th and Zobrist for CC, Garza and Cuddyer, getting trades 17th, 18th in return.

    My current team below:
    Rosario, Wilin(C) COL
    Hosmer, Eric(1B) KC
    Carpenter, Matt(1B,2B,3B,OF) STL
    Ramirez, Hanley(3B,SS) LAD
    Zobrist, Ben(2B,OF,SS) TB
    Beltran, Carlos(OF) STL
    Craig, Allen(1B,OF) STL
    Heyward, Jason(OF) ATL
    Rizzo, Anthony(1B) CHC

    Lind, Adam(1B) TOR
    Hill, Aaron(2B) ARI
    Headley, Chase(3B) SD
    McLouth, Nate(OF) BAL
    Rios, Alex(OF) CHW
    Fowler, Dexter(OF) COL

    Active Pitchers
    Griffin, A.J.(SP) OAK
    Kershaw, Clayton(SP) LAD
    Medlen, Kris(RP,SP) ATL
    Strasburg, Stephen(SP) WAS
    Verlander, Justin(SP) DET
    Holland, Greg(RP) KC
    Jansen, Kenley(RP) LAD

    Doubront (SP) BOS
    Ryu, Hyun-Jin(SP) LAD
    Tillman, Chris(SP) BAL
    Ogando, Alexi(RP,SP) TEX

    • Sky

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      I don’t see this as a game changing trade for you and I don’t see a reason to give up picks to do it. I’d hold, personally.

  3. Marte or Carl Crawford ROS?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Allinforrut: I’d prefer Marte due to the health factor.

  4. KB says:
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    Scott or Joyce this week?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @KB: Go ahead and ride Joyce.

  5. Mike says:
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    Would u drop Arenado and pick up Headley?
    Thanks!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Both are struggling but I’m fine with giving Headley a shot there.

  6. Frank White says:
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    Hey what up… Should I drop Lind for Juan Francisco or Ike Davis?? Lind as been dying out

    • Frank White says:
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      I kinda have to drop Lind and Peralta so I can grab one of those to guys, Francisco or Davis, and to have room to stream pitchers cause I need the room for Erasmo and Martinez.. That’s why I asked about sticking with them.. I need a ROS pitcher on my squad cause I’m short of pitching. I’m hoping one of them bloom

    • Frank White says:
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      Sorry.. forget that whole question. Who would u rather have on your team, Juan Francisco or Ike Davis? I need power but most of all I need points

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        @Frank White: Ike’s upside is higher, go with him

  7. Frank White says:
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    Also, Iv’e been keeping Erasmo Ramirez and Carlos Martinez on my bench for a while and they’re taking up room. The thing is I’m scared to drop them cause someone else is gonna grab em. Stick it out?? I know it said that Joe Kelly supposed to go to the Bullpen after that start but I don’t know

    • Seth says:
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      @Frank White: If you can only keep one, keep Martinez. Better upside, better team behind him, better chance of getting the call sooner.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Frank White: I’d say Erasmo as his chances of breaking into and staying in the rotation are greater at this point.

      • Frank White says:
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        So basically I picked up Ike and dropped Lind and I dropped Peralta to have a streamer.. I lost a couple pitchers so like I said instead of having a bench for batting I picked up Roberto Hernandez and Delgado to have them pitch twice this week. Do you think Delgado might be a long term? Also what do you think about Hernandez, just keep for this week? I grabbed Archer for streaming but Grey said he could be a keeper. What do you think, just use for a day or keep?? I already lost the past 2 weeks cause of no pitching so that’s why I made these moves. I had Erasmo for almost 3 weeks and Carlos for a week or so but I read Joe Kelly’s notes and it says he was going in the bullpen this week

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          I don’t like any of those pitchers long term for 2013.

  8. Jason says:
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    Luke Scott HR in the first AB! PROPS!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Thanks! Now I only need 6 more from him to make up for stupid Valencia!

  9. Jason says:
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    do you keep record of these picks stats each season?

    • Sky

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      Haven’t up to this point. We have has three different writers on it for three different years. I may or may not be the point guy next year on them, we will have to see

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